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Painted Weathered Wood Bed Makeover

A thrifted bed gets a painted weathered wood Restoration Hardware look with no messy furniture stripping and in 3 quick steps.

A couple of weeks ago, I promised more details about the painted “weathered wood” bed that so many of you asked about in our last guest bedroom makeover update at my parents’ house.

I’ve done the math now (I know, former English teacher doing math… be afraid), and at this point, we’ve spent a grand total of $290 to fully furnish this bedroom with a dresser, armoire, pair of nightstands, and a queen-sized bed. Wowza!

This sleigh bed my parents found on Craigslist for $110 was already in good condition. But it had a lot of dings and scratches that needed a facelift.

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I wanted to tone down the cherry red stain, but sanding it down completely to refinish wasn’t an option since it was partially veneer. So I busted out my tried and true “weathered wood” paint method again.

Hey, if it ain’t broke… you know the rest.

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I pretty much was able to use paint supplies I already had lying around from previous projects (don’t you love it when that happens?).

Sometimes you guys ask if I prep my furniture, but it usually depends on the piece. If I’m working with a piece that has noticeable wood oil or a residue on it, I wipe it down with Krud Kutter or liquid deglosser (way faster and just as effective as sanding, in my experience).

This bed seemed to have a great surface to work with from the very beginning, so it did just fine without any prep work.

I gave the entire bed two coats of the ASCP French Linen first, letting dry between each coat. (Pardon my icky cell phone shots. I was painting in my parents’ garage without my camera on this day.)

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To add some depth, I gave everything a quick dry-brushing with the Fusion Raw Silk.

If you’ve never dry-brushed before, you just dip the tip of your paint brush into the paint, wipe it on a cloth or paper towel until it feels dry and start brushing onto your piece. I like using a chip brush because the bristles give it a natural weathered look and the strokes aren’t as rigid as a high quality brush.

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It’s very subtle, but it’s a great technique for layering.

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After dry-brushing, you can jump right into waxing with the Espresso wax. I like working my wax brush into the grooves and brushing in the direction that the “grain” of the wood would normally go. After about 5 minutes, I buff with a clean cloth.

I shot this before buffing, so the wax isn’t really perfect yet.

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I let the wax cure for 24 hours, and then my dad and brother hauled it up to the guest room so we could all stare at it in wonder for a few hours. Okay, not really.

But it did give me some major heart-eyes.

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The bed isn’t “perfect” but that’s part of the charm, I think. After I photographed this, I noticed some waxing strokes that needed fixing, so I’ll be going back and touching that up.

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The bed coordinates so well with the two-tone nightstands I painted the other week without being too matchy-matchy. (Does matching furniture drive you bonkers? It does me.)

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I discovered this sign perfect for a guest bedroom on an Etsy shop called Salted Words the other week too. It couldn’t be any more fitting than this.

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And this ceiling fan from Hunter Fan Co. works so well in here. When I ordered it, I had no idea what color of wood the blades were going to be since it’s usually so hard to tell online, but it has the perfect vintage look to it.

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This guest bedroom has already come such a long way! I keep debating on whether or not to hang curtains in here since the window already has plantation shutters. I think I’m liking the clean and simple look though. What do you think?

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If you want to know about any of the other sources I’ve used in here so far, you can find them all here:

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We still have this other side of the room to tackle, but it’ll be coming along soon. A little art, some pillows on the window seat, and we’ll be lookin’ good.

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 I had no idea when I first started giving this space a makeover that it would end up being my and Robert’s bedroom while we crash at my parents’ house before closing on the new place. Funny how things work out like that.

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  1. Ahh! Love this tutorial and the outcome! Exactly what I want to do to our buffet only one problem…the fusion paint is no longer available and the wax is sold out! Any suggestions for stand ins???

    1. Oh no! You can use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint too. The Coco color should work along with Annie Sloan Dark Wax. A good many antique shops carry it nowadays.

  2. Can I use a different type of paint for the dry brushing part of this? I have linen white rustoleum chalk paint

  3. Love this room! Especially the rug. Can you tell me the exact name of the rug? I clicked on your link but it only takes me to the website and not the exact rug. You mentioned it’s an 8×10?

    Thanks!
    Cathy

    1. Hi Cathy,

      It is a Safavieh Evoke rug in gray & ivory. Yes, 8 x 10 or it comes in multiple sizes depending on your needs. It is no longer available through the link but if you search in Google, it still comes up available at Overstock.com and a few other places.

  4. Hello Lauren, I am absolutely in love with this bed and I have a sleigh bed my husband and I are doing the same thing too. I have a quick question for you did you use clear wax and then the espresso or did you just do the espresso without the clear wax step. I have already painted mine with the basecoat I’m just going to my next step and I wanna make sure that I do it correctly

    1. Hi Marsha! Sorry. Catching up from Christmas break. 🙂 No, I didn’t use clear wax at all. If you use the espresso wax directly on the paint, it’ll give it that deep, dark color. With clear, the dark wax will be faint.

    2. HI I love what you have done. I would like to have a darker driftwood color on my bedroom set. I am beginning with a honey toned wood set. I would like the effect of the marble topped buffet table you rescued. What would I use? Thank you in advance!

  5. I am so in love with this bed and room in its entirety. (No matter the cost!). Invite me for a sleepover – pretty please.

  6. I love the bed ! I am trying to order the supplies on amazon and have a few questions:
    How much chalk paint did you use ( do I need to buy 1 or 2 32oz cans )
    As well as the Mineral paint 1 or 2 500ml jars
    and I am having a very hard time finding the homestead house wax in espresso, any suggestions and once I do find it, again how much do you think I will use ( I am doing a bed very similar to yours in a king size )
    thanks for your help !

  7. Hi, I am working on a dresser and using your technique from this bed. Did you use to espresso wax on the entire piece or just the grooves and edges? Thanks for sharing all your tips, I hope my dresser turns out as beautiful as this bed did!

  8. Hi, I am doing this makeover on a bed I found similar to yours!! 🙂 On many youtube tutorials it says they used clear wax first then the dark wax over it. I don’t see anywhere that you used clear wax. I am just wanting my project to turn out just like yours 🙂 I am also curious did you put the dark wax all over the bed wait 5 minutes then wipe clean? I have never done this before, but I am very crafty lol.

    1. Hi Dana! I skipped the clear wax to make it look like wood rather than just an antiqued look. The clear wax first will make the dark wax much more subtle. And I worked in sections, applying wax in a 2-3 square foot section, wiping clean, and then repeating on the next section.

  9. I love this piece of furniture and what you did. It looks amazing. I have the exact same bed.. Did you put any top coat on after you were done to protect this piece? Did you sand in between coats? Does the dark wax lighten up that much after it dries? Thanks

    1. Thanks, Robyn! No, a top coat isn’t required on top of wax (and I would actually recommend against it). Just let it cure for 48 hours before putting on the mattress. I didn’t sand between coats, but you certainly can if you want fewer brush strokes showing. I like the texture of not sanding though and it provides some dimension with the wax to make it look more like wood. The wax will lighten up if you apply it really thin. I try to rub it in as much as possible as I’m applying it with a wax brush, and I buff with a cloth. If you apply it too thick, it will be darker and will end up sticky.

  10. I love the way you painted the furniture and the bedroom looks beautiful. I’m planning on painting my bedroom furniture too. After you applied the wax , did you have to buff it ?

    1. Yes! Lightly buff it to remove any excess residue. I’d let it cure for 48 hours before you put a mattress and bedding on to prevent any rub-off. 🙂

  11. I love this finish and was looking to use it on my own curbside headboard score. The only thing I’m worried about and can’t find any reviews on is how well the wax finish holds up to pillows/linen use. Will was rub off onto my pillows? Will the finish rub off with normal daily use of leaning pillows against the headboard? If so, I will use an alternate finishing method.

    1. I had to give it about a week for the wax to fully cure, but then rub-off wasn’t an issue. Just make sure you fully rub in the wax in a thin layer and don’t apply it too thick. It will feel sticky and rub off if you use too much.

  12. I found this on Pinterest!! When I saw it was you, I had to see how you did this, IT’S BEAUTIFUL!! I’ve bookmarked this, and when I’m ready for my guest bedroom I’m doing this!

  13. I’m almost hyperventilating with excitement over this post!! We bought our cherry, four poster bed many years ago and we still do love it. They just dont make furniture like it any more!! But… it is outdated looking and just not sure what to do to make it updated and exciting again. Enter… your post!! My problem…. we have a tall boy dresser, low dresser with a mirror and of course the four poster bed. We are using all the furniture currently, but in the new house the walk in closet will likely have drawer space too. We could do without one of the dressers. Do you have any suggestions of what would be a good paint option for the other furniture in the room? This is my struggle with all furniture. What color??!! Matching is a no brainier, but anything else I grope in the lonely dark.

  14. Do you remember what color option you chose for the area rug – “Grey/ivory” or “ivory/blue.” From what it looks like both of those color options have a significant amount of blue in them. I like the way yours looks though so I was hoping to get the exact one.

  15. I have this exact same bed, and I was just about to sell it (I’ve already sold the rest of the suite) UNTIL I saw this! Can you tell me which brush you used to paint with the Annie Sloan paint?

    1. I ended up reading a few other articles on brush suggestions. I’m officially finished with this product and basically in love. Thank you so much for inspiring me to do this makeover on my bed. A $60 facelift is so much more financially friendly than a complete new bed!
      My next question though is, how is your French Linen paint so light? In your photos of the process, it looks about 5 shades lighter than the Annie Sloan French Linen I used. The finished product (after the raw silk and espresso wax) is still about 3 shades darker than the bed in your photos and MUCH more grey than yours. Did you mix it with anything ?

      1. The French Linen shots probably look lighter mainly because I was painting in direct sunlight when I took photos of the paint. I shot the bed as closely to how it looks in real life as possible, but it can look different depending on your own monitor’s coloring/lighting, so it’ll vary from screen to screen. On my screen it looks almost exactly like it does in person.

  16. Hi there! Thank you for this post I’ve been wanting to do something similar for our master bed. I was looking at the Annie Sloan paints and French linen looks much darker than in this tutorial, just afraid I will get a darker end result than I would prefer. Does it dry pretty light?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Tiffany! It’s still fairly light, depends on the lighting. But the final photographs that I took of the bed in the room are very true to how they look in real life, depending on your own screen’s accuracy.

  17. Love how your bed turned out!! I would love to do this to my bed, but it is black and Im not sure i could get the same or close to it look what do think?

    1. You absolutely could! I used two coats of paint so that the original finish was completely covered, so you should be able to use it on any existing color of furniture.

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